Pr. Charles Tapp - Senior Pastor

Pr. Charles Tapp – Senior Pastor

Good-day mate! No I haven’t just finished watching a Crocodile Dundee movie marathon. Rather, this is the greeting that I hear each day as I walk across the grounds of the South Queensland Campmeeting, better known as “Big Camp” here in Brisbaine, Australia. For the last several days I have been here on these grounds sharing God ‘s word with the thousands of campers that have come from all over the entire conference, even as far away as twelve hours by car.

If you are like me, you have probably had the opportunity to attend a Campmeeting or two in your day. But never have I ever experienced anything like what I am experiencing here in Australia. If you didn’t know that this was a Campmeeting in progress, you would swear that you were on the grounds of some religious commune. And there is a reason they call it “Big Camp.” There are literally thousands on these grounds each day from every walk of life and from nearly every part of the region. In a time when the traditional Campmeeting experience is on its last leg in many parts of the world, here in Australia Campmeeting is alive and well.

One of the reasons why I feel “Big Camp” is such a success is because the organizers have made a concerted effort to meet the spiritual needs of not just the adults, but if you were here, it would quickly become apparent to you that there has been just as much effort devoted to the younger campers as well. As a matter of fact, if you were to visit the youth tent, which is just slightly smaller than the adult tent, you would quickly see that the organizers are serious about helping their young people to experience personal encounter with God. And the same can be said for the primary tent, the young adult tent, the family tent and the children’s tent.

There is a adage that is sometimes used in sorts that says, “Go big or go home.” Well, here in Australia the message that is being sent is loud and clear; they are not ready to go home. As a matter of fact, for many of these campers that have taken vacation for the past twenty years in order that they might attend Big Camp, this is their home for the ten days of camp. And to that, all that I can say is, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE Oi Oi Oi!

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5 Responses to “Big Camp”

  1. marcel says:

    Thank-you so much for a great report on campmeeting! Somewhere in our mad rush to earn a living, impress our friends, “have fun” and solve our problems, we’ve lost sight of what is most important. “Come aside and rest awhile” doesn’t really happen much in the US. Just like most Christians have an “hour of worship” and lose the blessing of the whole Sabbath, we SDAs just have a weekend or Sabbath to spend with people from other SDA churches and lose the blessing of campmeeting.
    Pastor Tapp, I want to thank you for your preaching ministry. I have ALWAYS been blessed by your sermons—both live and on the radio. One thing that I enjoy about your preaching is that you are down-to-earth. You seem to believe that the Word is useless if its teachings are not lived out in practical, down-to-earth, everyday life. It is because your preaching is practical that the Word comes alive. It’s actually pretty simple!
    May God bless you through and through, and inspire you, and fill you with peace and joy as you experience Him through our mates from down under!

  2. wayneanduyen says:

    I am a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the South Queensland Conference and have been attending these “Big Camps” since I was born (almost 49 years ago). When I was a lad, we would get say 1000 people on a “big” Sabbath; now the numbers can get as high as 8500 to 10 000 people. We daon’t want to go home from Big Camp BUT we want to go home. “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”!! Wayne Davey and Uyen Ly-Davey

  3. I too have been attending “Big Camp” in South Queensland longer than I can remember and now my children love it as much as I do. The leaders put a tremendous effort into providing quality programs across all age groups and we so appreciate what they do. I was in the “Big Tent” on the final Sabbath where you shared a quote about what true love is but I can’t remember it exactly. Could you please remind me of it??

  4. Pastor Charles Tapp says:

    Roseanne, the statement that you are referring to is from the book titled Living God’s Love by author Douglas Cooper on page 26 where says that “Loving is using one’s God-given power of choice to do or say, that which is in the best good or interest of another, regardless of feeling.” I pray that this quote will be beneficial to you. Blessings! Pastor Tapp

  5. Annie Gamborg, Norway says:

    Oh yeah – wonderful experience to stay at BIG CAMP and hear your message to us – “RAISE THE ROOF” and “OUT OF THE BOAT” and listen to all the beautiful music. We were privileged to stay there last year also. Our daughter-in-law and son working at Watson Park and they live in Dakabin, where we visited them. Normally we live in Norway – you talk pastor Tapp that your way from the States were long and the trip in the plane were 20 hours – I think we maybe had a little bit longer trip from Norway. Thank you Tapp and the Conference in South Queensland for all you done for us at BIG CAMP 2013.

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